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https://www.aerotas.com/blog/how-to-unlock-a-dji-geo-zone

 

DJI’s Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) delineates where it is safe to fly, where flight may raise concerns, and where flight is restricted. DJI prohibits flight in GEO zones around airports, power plants, and prisons. DJI also temporarily prohibits flight around major stadium events, forest fires, or other emergency situations. Certain GEO zones don’t prohibit flight but do trigger warnings that inform users of potential risks. DJI GEO zones are not the same as FAA-controlled airspace; the two systems are entirely separate.

DJI made significant changes to its system for unlocking GEO zones that prohibit flight. Unlocking low-risk zones requires just a few taps or clicks, while high-risk zones require users to submit particular credentials to ensure compliance with local policies and regulations.

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WHAT’S NEW WITH DJI GEOFENCING?

Clicking the “Unlock a Zone” button at dji.com/flysafe will now deliver a far different result.

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Instead of bringing you to the custom or self unlock toggle screen, you are now kicked back to a log in screen and then into a whole new dashboard for managing your devices and their unlocking licenses.

(It is important to note that the old links - https://www.dji.com/flysafe/self-unlock and https://www.dji.com/flysafe/custom-unlock are still live. It is not certain when these links will be disabled, but DJI support says they will flip the switch soon.)

What’s more? Now you can unlock authorization zones directly in the app. You’ll need an active internet/cell connection, but so long as you update to the latest firmware, app, and GEO zone database versions, you will be able to unlock authorization zones on the fly. When in an authorization zone, and your flight status says “Cannot Take Off,” push both sticks down and in as if you were going to start the motors, and a pop up for the unlock will appear.

Unlocking authorization zones has gotten a lot easier in the app. But, you can still manually unlock zones through dji.com/flysafe ahead of your flights. It is important to note that you still need to submit a custom unlock for restricted zones (e.g., red zones).

NEW “FLY SAFE” DASHBOARD

DJI now requires quite a bit more verification of your information before actually allowing you to proceed to your actual unlocking request, which might sound like a headache to most.

Upon clicking “Unlock a Zone” at dji.com/flysafe, DJI kicks you back to a log in screen where you will need to log into your DJI account. While this seems unnecessarily redundant, this could be a welcomed measure. Our best guess is that it keeps individuals from requesting unlocking licenses inadvertently through the wrong DJI account and then not having their unlocking licenses appear on devices logged into a mismatched account.

After you’ve logged in, DJI takes you to a new dashboard. To proceed to your unlocking license requests, DJI first routes you to some identity authentication/verification steps, putting a new speed bump in the process. Once you complete the verification steps, you will be able to access the dashboard. It is important to note that you should only have to authenticate your email and phone number the first time you set up your dashboard (which is nice!).

WHAT’S ON THE DASHBOARD?

The new dashboard has some welcomed new features, including the ability to “add a device” (drone) and pilots to your account via their flight controller serial numbers/models and DJI accounts, respectively. These features aim to organize fleets of aircraft, whether across a company or a personal fleet and potentially across multiple DJI accounts.

The ability to save pilot and aircraft information is a welcomed one. Seemingly gone are the days of having to recall or write down your “flight controller serial number” somewhere to use it for unlocking. DJI’s new dashboard will save the FCSN within the device identity, so you’ll only have to input it once for each device you add to your dashboard.

After you have your dashboard set up, you will be able to proceed to your unlocking requests.

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  • Zone Unlocking” is like your typical “self unlock” request. If you select this option, you can unlock authorization zones the same way you did before.

  • Custom Unlocking” allows you to define a specific area within a Geofenced zone for your flight utilizing a polygon or radius that you draw yourself on the map provided. Each custom unlocking request requires you to attach some documentation to proceed with the request. The required documentation may change depending on the type of zone. Authorization zones typically need less official documentation than restricted zones to unlock.

Once you have submitted your request, DJI will send you back to the dashboard screen where DJI displays your pending and approved flights.

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For a complete in-depth step by step walkthrough of unlocking DJI GEO zones using DJI’s new dashboard go to https://www.aerotas.com/unlocking-dji-nofly-zones

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One of the ways that we are trying to help surveying companies convey these wait times to the public is to provide a search engine optimized surveying company directory where they can create a surveying company listing which can be edited on the fly without having to edit your website or calling your webmaster.  Simply make a post here and in the post body, tell the public about your current normal wait.  When things change, simply edit your listing which you control.   There is no charge to be added to this directory...it was built to for you to use and its incredibly simple to use.   
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Top 5 Benefits of the GIS surveyor application:

- Possibility to view multiple layers including points, lines and polygons at the same time.

- Possibility to group data into survey layers - each survey layer may have a default set of attributes.

- Four methods of data collection are supported, GPS/GNSS location, map cursor location, GIS Tracker, point projection using angle and distance.

- Direct export to Dropbox, Google Drive at anywhere location.

- Import point, line and polygon features into layer from CSV, KML or GeoJSON file.

Download Required on Android OS 4.4 and up.

We will be adding more technical features in the application in the coming few days. Go through this Playstore link to download the GIS Surveyor application.  

 

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Hello Surveyors,

1198839102?profile=originalWe could really benefit from your help. As our community continues to grow at a rapid rate (currently over 15,600 members globally) and we discuss all kinds of topics related to land surveying, we are starting to need some help with moderation in the location based group forums. While Land Surveyors United forums want to encourage free speech and thought provoking ideas, occasionally abusive people can interrupt our conversations with unnecessary language, bitterness or personal vendettas. Land Surveyors United is seeking out several great moderators. These moderators should be active members of the forums who can view topics and discussion from an unbiased perspective.

 

The most important part of being a group moderator is to build a small community within your group which keeps everyone in your locality up to speed on Surveying laws, protect others from cyber bullying and keep the conversation in action without unnecessary abuse or name calling. Although we have very little of this occurring on the network it is still good practice to have someone in place.

Apply to Become a Local Leader

Moderation involves the following tasks and can be accomplished easily in your spare time:

  • Reporting Surveying News for your area inside your group discussions
  • Inviting your local surveyors to the group and building a micro-community
  • Sharing useful links with your fellow surveyors in your area
  • Adding local surveyor events and projects to your group

Things You Can Do To Your Group as Moderator

  • Stream live Events using Video
  • Add Pages with Resources, Links, Projects and Products
  • Change the Icon and Background For Your Group
  • Promote Companies and Associations Which Your Value Locally
  • Be the first to know about new features coming to Land Surveyors United
  • much much more...

 

Benefits Are Growing Daily! For starters you will have access to this exclusive group for Local Leaders of Surveying and you will get your own @landsurveyorsunited.org email address, 7GB of free space on Skydrive and have your name placed inside our Organization Structure . In the future we hope to award continuing education credits to Local Leaders in the network.

 

Apply to Become a Local Leader

If you are already a real-life local leader for your area such as an Association President or Board Leader, please let us know so that we can promote your status through the group. If you have any questions, please send Justin a message. Thank you for your time and interest in helping to make Land Surveyors United even stronger!

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surveyor support groups guideGroup forums are for in depth discussions about a particular surveying topic, type of equipment or geographical location. Search for and join group forums based on your location and topics which interest you and get quick feedback from your fellow members who share the same interests when you start a new discussion. Our general interest network forum can be found here.

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Quickly Find a Surveying Support Group Based On Your Interests

Below you will find a quick way to navigate between Land Surveyors United Support Groups based on Location, Equipment Manufacturer or by Theme and/or Topic:


For a more in depth look at what we are hoping to accomplish with Groups, take a look at this page which explains the idea behind using groups for category focus in our community.

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